15000 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague 1 - Mala Strana
tel: +420 7 2491 1497
Nov-Mar: Sat-Sun 10-17; Apr: Daily 10-19; May-Sept: Daily 10-22; Oct: Daily 10-18
NileGuide Expert tip:
There is an elevator in service for handicapped, elderly, or just-too-weary travelers.
The lookout tower (Petřínská rozhledna) on Petřín Hill looks much like a miniature Eiffel Tower. Built in 1891 as a celebration of the Czech lands, it initially did the trick. However, since that time it has become a topic of debate, with many people harboring serious dislike for what seems like an inferior version of Paris' main attraction. Although the exterior is the source of some resentment, the tower's purpose makes it a major tourist attraction. Set atop Petřín Hill, it takes a mere 299 steps to reach the top, where a breathtaking view awaits. It is said that on a clear day, you can see 150 km in any direction. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering the most comprehensive bird's eye view of the city, Petřín Observation Tower has earned its spot as one of Prague's top-ranking tourist sites.